I mixed up enough Mel's Mix to fill 2 4x4 boxes... I'd say by moon light... but couldn't see the moon in the star filled sky... I dragged out one of our construction lights and worked and worked (loving it of course...)!
I was thinking today how much I'm enjoying all the time that I've spent creating my very first SFG. Must be the creative aspect of it all!
Isn't the process of planting seedlings... then transplanting... or directly planting seeds into the SFG... AMAZING? I love watching those tender plants grow!!!!
I decided to put my SFG in my front yard of our new (still in the finishing stages) home. And it's really taking shape! So far... I have 6 4x4 boxes filled and 1 4x8 filled!
In front of the cottonwood trees on the East/South side, I've placed a 2x2 bed with a Giant Pumpkin plant. I hope to spread the vine around the tree.
I have 3 other Giant Pumpkins to plant, each in their own 2x2 box. I thought that it would be so much fun to see 400-500 pound pumpkins growing across the front of our property... So now I have to decide where they will be placed.
Didn't get to spend much time in my garden today... Had too many errands to do with hubby.
Today's Sprout Report...
-Bush beans are beginning to poke up!
-A few potatoes are up
-Wando Peas are poking thru
My vining tomatoes got wind burn or frost bite the other night. They look pretty sad, but I think that they'll make it thru!
Put to bed for the night
My 4x4 beds that have tomatoes in them are all covered up for the night. I made the dome covers from Mel's book.
Aaron's Gigantic Pumpkin Bed
My son Aaron (age 11) and I made a small 2x2 bed out of scrap lumber and got it all filled with Mel's Mix. The bed is going in front of some trees, don't worry it'll still get lots of sun! Will be making a trellis for this box... the mosquitoes chased us home. In Aaron's sage wisdom, he said to me... "That's what tomorrow's for..."
I was so surprised today while working my garden to see Lady Bugs... everywhere!
Has anyone used Praying Mantis to help with bugs?
The master gardeners were selling some Praying Mantis pods a few weeks ago, wish that I bought some! Just as a precaution... no bad bugs so far.... just lots & lots of Lady Bugs. Will post a pic tomorrow.
Finished mixing the enought Mel's Mix for my 4x8 box. I plan to plant Romas in my new 4x8 box.
Some of my plant go a little frost bite last night... sigh... I didn't think that it got that cold! So today, my sweet husband pounded 24" rebar into the corners of 2 of my 4x4 boxes (the one with the tomatoes), I then put my 1/2" PVC dome thingies on covered with clear plastic.
I had to use rebar because of the strong winds we get here in Wyoming. Will post a pic tomorrow.
Box 4 is going to be planted with Yukon Gold potatoes... today I hope!
Box 5 is partially planted with onions. I got 5 squares filled, then I ran out of those little onion bulbs. I'm heading to the co-op to get some more today.
Made a run to Lowes last night (it's a 180 mile trip to our nearest Lowes/Home Depot) and got the 1/2 " galvanized steel tubing to create 4 trellises! No trellis netting to be found... so I guess that I'll have to order some in.
I really want to fill up my food storage shelves with beautiful jars of yummy veggies from my garden!
So I'm planting whole 4x4 boxes of:
-wando peas (this variety doesn't mind the heat)
-onions (for the root cellar)
-potatoes (for the root cellar)
I've got 40 Roma tomato plants growing inside... started them mid April.... before I totally understood spacial requirements of determinate tomatoes. Each Roma will need a 3x3 section. So... I plan to build some long beds for these guys. (Oh my... so much TO DO!!! FUN!!!)
Happy Gardening friends... please DO leave your comments! I so enjoy reading them!
I can't believe this wind! I had to cover up my 4 boxes again tonight.
I tried making the dome covers that Mel talks about in his new book(page 71). I bought some 10' 1/2" PVC tubing. Made a dome. Connected it at the top with a plastic thingy. I even had the great idea to make clips to use to attach the plastic sheeting!
We're at the plumbing stage in building our new home. So, I grabbed a small piece of pex tubing and cut some small pieces then cut them open with tin snips... this allowed me to create a "C" clip to go onto the 1/2" PVC.
Then I went to attach the plastic sheeting while the wind was whirling around me. Guess what? The whole dome thingy took off like a kite.
I'm thinking about drilling holes in the PVC at the base, then screwing the PVC to the box... I'm wondering if that will make it strong enough to stand up to this Wyoming wind????
I may even try the covered wagon style of cover (see page 76 in Mel's new book). But I think that the dome structure is the stronger structure... what are your thoughts?
You'd never know it was stormy yesterday! It was a perfect sunny day today.
I refilled my wind damaged boxes. The wind took a significant amount of Mel's Mix out of several squares... and about an inch or so off the top off each of my 3 boxes.
My goal this year is to can: peas, green beans, corn, tomato sauce.
Whole 4x4 box...
So today I replanted some of my Wando Peas that were blown away.
Planted a whole 4x4 box with bush beans.
In my box that's mostly spring crops (lettuce, spinach, arugula), I planted Cukes on the north side where my trellis will go (still need to get supplies for that!).
Because of the extreme winds that come by not so often... and the hail storm that usually comes late May... I'm going to make dome tops for protection over the next few weeks. Until then, I have covered my 3 planted boxes... just because...
Also, EG, I took your advice and watered my beds really really good today. Thanks. I'm sure that I wouldn't have lost as much soil if I had given it more water.
A giant wind announced itself unexpectedly with swiftly moving dark clouds... gosh, I thought it was going to blow me away!
Sadly, I had just planted a whole 4x4 bed with Wando Peas (bush variety). At least one of my squares a good amount of soil... and the pea seed... blown away.
I was going to plant my bush beans today... well... I'll wait a bit.
Pryor Mountains in the background.
I went back to check my precious 3 4x4 beds filled with precious Mel's Mix... and each bed had lost a lot of soil! So, I covered 2 beds with clear plastic and the last one with a tarp (ran out of plastic). I feel better now.
For anyone in Bighorn & Park counties of Wyoming... this is where I got my barrels:
The Pepsi company has large barrels that are available for $10.00 each...cash. You have to go on a waiting list for them. To get on the list, call Fremont Beverages at 754-7295. They must be picked up in Powell. They are suitable for food storage.